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on the agenda. this evening she will sit down with seniorfigures from silicon valley calling on them to do more. gordon corera, bbc news. that's a summary of the news. newsday is coming up at midnight. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight with emily maitlis. an afghan asylum seeker who entered the country illegally was sent back to kabul against the order of a judge. he is back in britain, bringing a contempt of court action against the government. we will he from him alive. protests on the streets of spain as a ballot boxes are removed, catalan officials removed. why is the government so scared of seeing them vote on independence? we are live on screen and will ask a former member of the government what they are doing. and russell brand once told this
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programme there was little point in voting. does the very thing that was irresponsible? no. as a matter of fa ct, irresponsible? no. as a matter of fact, in my more optimistic moments, i hope that it may have in some small way have contributed to what we have subsequently seen, the labour party electing a leader that is engaged and engaging, authentic and truthful. good evening. what made the home office go against the court of the land? tonight, we explore the story ofa land? tonight, we explore the story of a refugee who entered the country illegally four years ago. he said he was fleeing afghanistan for his life. earlier this month, as the fat removal, the court agreed there was a chance he could still be in danger. the government apparently ignored an order to take off a plane to kabul and sent him there anyway. he said the taliban had threatened to be heard him. now, his lawyer is
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bringing a case of contempt of court against the home herself. at the centre of this case lie to people. the first is home secretary amber rudd, accused this week of acting more like an absolute monarch than a government minister. the second is this 23—year—old, who has beenin second is this 23—year—old, who has been in the uk for four years. second is this 23—year—old, who has been in the uk forfour years. after travelling to europe from afghanistan, he ended up in the jungle in calais, but for illegally entering the uk. he claimed asylum, saying that he had worked for an american owned company in afghanistan and that is labelled in danger. however, his claim was rejected and he was ordered to be removed the uk. at around 11:30am on the 12th of september, samim?bigzad was placed on a flight to kabul through istanbul. while he was in transit, waiting for his 10:30pm
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flight transit, waiting for his 10:30pm flight to kabul, his lawyers back in london were still frantically trying to re m ove london were still frantically trying to remove the removal decision. and, to remove the removal decision. and, to their delight, they received a notification at 9:50pm that a high courtjudge had reversed the removal. however, back in istanbul, samim? bigzad was not removal. however, back in istanbul, samim?bigzad was not taken off the flight. samim?bigzad was not taken off the flight. the home office said it was simply too late to get him off. but once he was in kabul, the home office did not fly him back. a second high court judge office did not fly him back. a second high courtjudge said the home office was now in contempt of court. on thursday the 14th of september, the home office attempted to overturn a decision of the two high courtjudges, to overturn a decision of the two high court judges, and to overturn a decision of the two high courtjudges, and it was only after a third judge upheld the collie's decision that you home office agreed to return him to london, arriving back on sunday the 17th. a high courtjudge said you we re 17th. a high courtjudge said you were in contempt of court, if i were friends, that would be a serious matter for us. is it friends, that would be a serious
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matterfor us. is it a friends, that would be a serious matter for us. is it a serious matter for us. is it a serious matter for us. is it a serious matter for you? of course, i take it seriously. bso how do respond? i will look carefully at the information and make sure that we abide by the law as they always do. the home office say that the outcome of this as i claim remains unchanged and his lawyers will continue to fight his removal from this country. but the case leads to difficult questions about whether the home secretary acted appropriately, defying the courts and overriding judicial decisions. james clayton, there. the home office declined to be with us tonight but, in a statement, they told us that the asylum claim had been carefully considered and refused in march last year, and he was removed after the courts concluded he had no right to remain. they said they'd taken action to respond to the court order by returning mr bigzad but that it was too late to disembark him
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from the plane to kabul. samim begdad joins us here in the studio with his lawyer, jamie bell. when did you first hear that you would be returned to the uk? without any warnings, without any papers or any warnings, without any papers or any things, the home office said you have a flight. well, they send me security and they'd take me by force into the blame. era in brighouse, you're put on a plane, first to istanbul? speak at yes. and then the court ruling came from the judge, think that you could come back? when i was think that you could come back? when iwas in think that you could come back? when i was in istanbul, one of the security guys had a call from the home office. so the home office told them that the charge was to be sent back to the uk. after that, they told me i am going back to the uk so i was very happy. after a couple of minutes, the home office call him again and told him to send me to kabul. so, they contradicted that
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decision? yes. and you ended up going to kabul? speak at yes. what was your view about going there?|j was your view about going there?” was scared at that time, of the taliban, i was just scared for my life. and how long did you spend there? for magnates. and you just got back at the weekend? yes, on sunday. —— four nights. got back at the weekend? yes, on sunday. -- four nights. to put this in perspective, samim had been denied the right to stay in britain backin denied the right to stay in britain back in march, so was this notjust pa rt back in march, so was this notjust part of a longer process that was the union returned to kabul? samim has an entitlement, like any other field as i seek, to raise further submissions as to why he would continue to be at risk if returned to afghanistan. we did that for him and we complied entirely with the requirements for us to challenge his removal. ajudge requirements for us to challenge his removal. a judge ordered requirements for us to challenge his removal. ajudge ordered that he should be brought back to the uk, but instead he was removed to kabul.
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why do you think that happen?” think that is for the ones that are geared to explain, why she made the decision having full knowledge of the order that had been granted. the home secretary herself? the home secretary is responsible for the actions of her officials. we believe that she would have been made aware of this decision, not at the time but at least the day after, and they should have made the decision to ta ke should have made the decision to take him off the plane in istanbul and bring him back to the uk as the judge ordered. why did it take four days? we have had some explanation. the home office have indicated there we re the home office have indicated there were administrative difficulties. for example, flight availability that left him in kabul for four days. and what was wrong with him being in kabul during that time, in your understanding? well, the main thing was wrong is that fourjudge 's order that he should be in the united kingdom. so, we did it go from here? you are fighting this
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with the british government. yes. what does that mean in terms of your next ste ps ? what does that mean in terms of your next steps? we will continue to fight for his right to stay in the united kingdom. we will do whatever we can to fight for samim, who is a very vulnerable young afghan man, not to be returned back to the war zone that is afghanistan right now. in relation to the contempt proceedings, that is something we will continue to fight and we hope that it will get decided by the court ina that it will get decided by the court in a lawful manner. you could step back from this and say this was one example of a mistimed communication, that the government in good faith thought it was too late to pull one person of a plane that was about to leave and rectify the situation when they could. it is no more sinister than that, is it? we have brought contempt proceedings against the home office. we think it is something more, and that is for a court to decide, as it should, as to whether this is an act of contempt by the home secretary. and your
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belief knows that he will stay in this country? well, i believe, yes, i will fight my case and i will stay. all israel and the home office to not believe it. thank you both very much, thank you for coming in. spain's guardia civil — the paramilitary national police — have raided the headquarters of the catalan government in barcelona in the latest attempt to stop a referendum on independence going ahead. the vote is set to be held in less than a fortnight. but today, 13 catalan officials were arrested as ballot boxes were seized. among those detained was, we understand, the secretary general of the catalan vice—presidency. around 10 million ballot papers to be used on october 1st were also seized. the catalan president has now claimed the spanish government had to all intents and purposes suspended home rule in the province. the president of the national assembly, jordi sanchez, called for citizens to take to the streets in protest.
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joining us now is clara ponsati, the new catalan education minister, and alfredo pastor, spain's former economy minister. i know that alfredo is keen not to be in discussion, so i've can go to you first, clara. what's your understanding of what happened today and why? the spanish government just the spanish governmentjust totally blocked the rule of law in catalonia today, by arresting 1a catalan government officials without any rule of procedure. they are just, you know, suspending democracy and trying to stop the referendum that will be coming on the 1st of october anyway. pm rajoy called on your leaders to cancel a referendum because it goes agains the country's laws? was this not just was this notjust a question of illegality? i mean, the referendum
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has been called by a sovereign parliament. how good a referendum be illegal? it is a vote, and people will vote and whatever the majority says, we will go ahead. how could that be illegal? referenda are never illegal, they are not illegal in spain either. but they need two side, do they not? what do you mean they need to save? the referendum has been approved by the catalan government and the people of catalonia are invited to pitch their ballot in the ballot boxes on october one. what is wrong with that ina october one. what is wrong with that in a democracy? we cannot accept that this is part of democracy, we are breaking the rule of law. that is what is happening in catalonia right now. do you think it will go
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ahead on october the 1st?” right now. do you think it will go ahead on october the 1st? i mean, the spanish government is doing as much as they can to prevent it and it is certainly not going to be easy. you know, the police forces are acting in an undemocratic way, so are acting in an undemocratic way, so it is not going to be easy. but the government is committed to following the mandate, and that is oui’ following the mandate, and that is our obligation. let me go to alfredo pastore now. this looks like the work of a totalitarian regime that does not really care about democracy. how can you go around arresting politicians and officials and taking ballot boxes? well, first of all, the catalan parliament broke the law when they declared this referendum. they had no authority to do that. under our constitution, the sovereignty of the country lies with
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the national parliament. the catalan parliament has a large degree of autonomy delay, but it has no confidence to do that. on the other hand, this action of the catalan government was one more episode on a way that central government had occasion to prevent, which they did not take advantage of. we should not have come to this pass. you think they acted too harshly? well... yes. i think so. i think they could have applied the law, but not to this agree. what do you think the madrid government is really worried about here? if catalonia wants to hold a referendum and want to ask the question, why is that such a threat to the madrid government if they have not okayed it? the madrid
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government have underestimated the strength of the independent movement, and they have been against it for a very long time. that is why. so maybe they should just allow a referendum if there is this strength of feeling? no, the kind of referendum that the catalan parliament wanted, i think, is not allowed by our constitution. on the other hand, the consultation could have been possible a long time ago, and it was always refused. they would have been without office, which the spanish government has not taken advantage of. so, you think it was a badly timed? do you think that a referendum should have gone ahead some years ago? for example when scotla nd some years ago? for example when scotland had its referendum? not this kind of referendum. our constitution forbids it, and as far asi constitution forbids it, and as far as i understand it, that kind of referendum for the session cannot be
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authorised under spanish constitution. but a consultation theresa may's frontline speech on brexit in florence will mostly be under wraps until friday. negotiations as we know are run according to a strict mandate agreed by the remaining 27 member states. but, away from formal talks, newsnight hass learned of constructive meetings going on beneath the surface. the brexit secretary, david davis, has been quietly reaching out beyond the eu's formal structures — to some of the places that may have most to lose from brexit. here's nick watt. it is a tale of two europes. at turns darkening and then lightening the mood for the uk's brexit negotiators. in the fortress of brussels, britain hears stern words from the guardians of the eu rule books. but in friendlier parts of europe, our ministers sense
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signs of flexibility. this is the headquarters of the eu's executive arm. inside this building, the brexit negotiations are being run according to a strict mandate agreed by the remaining 27 member states. theresa may hopes to relax the atmosphere with her speech in florence, but already the brexit secretary, david davis, has been quietly reaching out beyond the eu's formal structures. the humming sound of a thoroughly modern factory in the shadow of the flanders fields, in the northern and richer half of belgium, signals the rapid production of fabric for coats, furniture, curtains and even the polish army. and from a small family business, most of the flemish textile companies are now internationally renowned companies, and that's thanks to all these efforts during three generations.
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concordia textiles is one of the leading fabric companies of the flanders region, which exports a third of its carpets to the uk. a hard brexit will make it less easy for us. there will be barriers, perhaps duties, perhaps customs administration, and that's what we want to avoid. it will not be beneficial, not for us, but more for our british customers. it is the looms, yarns and fabrics of flanders that have inspired david davis to adopt something of a new approach for the uk. he is looking to cities like ghent, here in the heart of flanders, with its historic trading ties to the uk, to forge new alliances. in fact, he's already met the leader of flanders. the brexit secretary is hoping that the word or two about the impact of brexit on regional economies like this one might just soften some thinking in the eu. i've met twice barnier.
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i brought him to zeebrugge. 45% of the trade of the export from zeebrugge is to the united kingdom, so that's why i do my best to influence all the people, the ambassadors of the surrounding countries, to work together. there's a lot of other countries also pleading for the soft brexit. it's notjust flanders that has been love—bombed by david davis. he's also met the bavarian leader, and has high hopes that the home of bmw will put a word or two in berlin about the importance of maintaining smooth trading links. there also appears to be something of a meeting of minds across the english channel. so why these places? flanders stands to lose 2.6%
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of its gdp by 2030 if trade falls back on wto rules. bavarian companies export more than £10 billion of goods to britain per year, and £200 billion of uk trade passes between dover and calais every year. the head of the hauts—de—france region, which covers the northern ports, is a fan of british ideas to create an invisible border. xavier bertrand also has harsh words for some in brussels. translation: i know one thing for sure — nobody has the right to punish the uk and the british people. it was a sovereign choice. a lot must be explained because this connects to europe as well. there are a lot of questions, a lot of questions. but what i know is that punishing and looking to punish is a terrible mistake. it would be a bad message to send.
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it was the will of the people who voted, regardless of the consequences. it would give rise to the feeling that there's something with more power than the will of the people, or wanting to go against the will of the people. that would be a terrible error, a terrible error. bertrand, who jokes that he is prepared to act as a lobbyist for free for a new anglo—french partnership, is alarmed by the thought of the so—called hard brexit. translation: a very bad thing for the region, for france, and also for the eu. i believe strongly that great britain is a large country. what ever the consequences of brexit, it will remain a large country, and nobody wants to see a large country weak or getting weaker. nobody here, or in brussels. the leader of belgium's richest region is still upset by brexit. i deplore this brexit. every day i deplore it. it's a bad thing. it's bad for you. it weakens the united kingdom. it weakens the eu. it weakens flanders too. if we don't find a good agreement, and there is only the wto rules,
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then we will have very big losses. we have calculated that by 2030, flanders have lost 2.6% of its gdp. one former european commission official is sceptical about the uk's new charm offensive. it's only natural that the uk is trying to engage with certain regions in the eu where they have very strong trade links, and it's important for these regions in the eu because they will have a lot to lose if there were to be a hard brexit. the question is what can this achieve in terms of changing the direction that these discussions are taking. my take is that it went really achieve very much, apart from having the influence of lobbying, and that's natural. it happens in brussels, and we all understand it, but in the eu we have to follow rules, and the eu will be looking to settle certain questions
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in the order that has been announced, namely first the brexit bill, and then a trade deal. life in brussels isn't all about ruthless negotiation. let's have mayonnaise, with real belgian sauce. the legendary maison antoine chippy is popular amongst eu officials working just up the road. we are the world's number one exporter of frozen potato products, and a lot of those go to the united kingdom. no doubt britain will be hoping that the plight of the common potato may concentrate minds about the everlasting links between britain and its continental partners. let's pick up with nick, who joins us from brussels. how do you think this will be received in europe? obviously there are high hopes in the uk about those positive noises from the regions, and we are told to look carefully at bavaria after the german elections on sunday. i do have to say that in the eu quarter here in brussels they are less impressed.
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the suggestion at the idea that angela merkel will be open to giving uk special favours on the basis of pleadings from certain regions, i'm told that is a pipe dream. in brussels the big focus is on theresa may's speech in florida on friday. the idea is that she will try to break the deadlock. the idea of 20 billion has been floated today, by theresa may, which will ensure that there is no black hole in the eu budget there. they say there is in the right direction, but that the uk will have to go further than that and settled its past account if it wants to go onto the next stage, which is discussing the free trade agreement. critically, it sounds as if the pm and the foreign secretary are reunited tonight, at least geographically. the foreign secretary was going to fly back from new york via the caribbean to see
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the victims of the hurricane, but he's flying back with the prime minister to attend her cabinet minister tomorrow. the joke going around is that his presence there on the flight has ruined it for one person, theresa may. interesting that boris johnson believes he has changed the prime minister's speech. he believes he has moved away from the possible suggestion of large payments after the transition period. i think downing street will dispute the idea that the prime minister has changed her mind after lobbying by the foreign secretary, but where she is being flexible, talking earlier about the 20 billion payment, but if you are talking about past liabilities, that payment could go to around a0 billion, and the foreign secretary would be flexible to that sort of payment. his red line is no large payments after the transition period. thank you, nick.
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if you thought being a ryanair customer wasn't much fun these days, try being a ryanair pilot. since the airline admitted it doesn't have enough of them and cancelled thousands of flights, some of its pilots have emerged from the clouds to complain of their working conditions. rival airline norwegian air says it's poached 140 of ryanair‘s pilots this year. the company — says one ex pilot — simply cannot replace them as fast as they are leaving, and point to the conditions under which they're forced to fly. so do ryanair‘s problems begin with the way it treats its workforce? our business editor helen thomasjoins us. you've been talking to a lot of pilots today. what sense are you getting? i've spoken to several pilots and former pilots, they feel they get a raw deer and they see this as an opportunity for them. rya nair offered its pilot its 12,000 euros bonus. there were strings attached. you had to work a certain number of days and fly a certain number of hours.
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there seems to have been pretty widespread dismay about that offer amongst the pilots. ryanair management, we are told, has made a different offer in at least two different areas, a 10,000 euros allowance which would start going into pay packets from october. ryanair say they do not have a pilot shortage, but they seem to be fighting hard to keep their current ones on board. tomorrow is ryanair‘s annual shareholder meeting. they said they would address issues then. there are various memos and draft memo is circulating amongst pilots and between pilots and management. one talks about needing to reverse the erosion of pilots' terms and conditions that's happened over ten or so years. another talks about wanting permanent local contacts, it talks about being in line with industry standards, in place from january 2018. it looks like the pilots want a bigger conversation thanjust money, and it looks
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like it could be a longer conversation then just the next few weeks. helen, thank you. captain evan cullen is the president of the irish airline pilots association and he's with us from dublin. what are you hearing, the problems reaching you from the ground? there is considerable dismay at the offers that came out in the last few days. our information is that these would be rejected. our information is further that the fundamental approach of ryanair to our employees and pilots is at the heart of this issue, and also trust. pilots have said to us that they do not believe that the agreements that have been offered will be maintained if they are signed up to. there is a training
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scheme to young pilots. many have come on board, been trained up, given lots of hours, and then they have come to a place where they feel they are too experienced a be paid what they are being paid. one of the main pillars in the grievance is that many of the ryanair pilots do not have a fixed, permanent contract. they have precarious employment, atypical employment. pilots are grouped into irish companies that have between five and eight pilot directors. those companies sub contract into aid uk labour provider of pilots, and then that uk provider provides the pilot labour into ryanair. this gives an extraordinary arm's—length distance between ryanair and the pilot. does it give them more flexibility?
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can they carry on working for other people? no, your hours that you are fixed by eu regulation. pilots are regulated by how many hours they can fly. rya nair needs most if not all of those hours. it is impossible for a pilot to fly with two airlines at the one time. longer time, when you look at this, the problem as you see it, where does this lead? does ryanair have to completely change a model, or does itjust have to compete with norwegian air and china and the likes? what would that mean for consumers paying for airfares? there has to be a fundamental change with how ryanair deals with its pilots. unfortunately, the latest offers from ryanair means it's a sticking plaster approach rather than a fundamental change to what's
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needed to happen. that is where the point of anger is with the pilots. ryanair don't seem to be taking seriously the fundamental grievance about the precarious nature of the environment. ryanair is not competing in the marketplace. many pilots have left ryanair, such as the 140 you mentioned that went to norwegian. there is a holding pool of pilots, where pilots have successfully completed the application process, and are awaiting a start date. many pilots in these holding pools are ryanair pilots waiting for a start date, and when they get the start date, they will issue ryanair with then noticed. you can understand michael o'leary‘s position.
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customers get it on the cheap, possibly as a result of pilots having to work without such established contracts or pensions. if things change for pilots they must change for customers as well? i would have thought that easyjet is a good example of a good employer who provides the vast majority of its pilots with permanent, socially insured contracts, where is ryanair does not. i don't think the uk consumers would complain much about the service and the value for money that easyjet provides against ryanair. captain cullen, thanks forjoining us. in his life, russell brand admits to a series of addictions — chocolate biscuits, heroin, sex and self harm. now a father, and happily married, he has, he says, discovered a way through and away from addiction. and he wants to help others find the same thing in his new book,
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recovery. i wanted to know how much it had changed what he thinks about women, politics and himself. i went to meet him. what i feel like it is that, in a way, addiction is a good analytical tool, a good way of looking at attachment and dependency. in a way, i feel like it's just the amplification of the way that everybody lives through attachment, through external means, fortifying ourselves with, say, wonderful attire or possibly through personal achievement and success, that we are looking to somehow supplement our experience of being through materialism, through individualism, consumerism. i mean, you describe your addiction starting with penguin bars in front of the telly, right? just shoving chocolate biscuits in your mouth, and that then... it was actually very gently down. i wouldn't shove them in. i would eat off the top bit and then scrape out its little brown guts. you're a pro with a penguin? very much. right, i mean, would you say that's an addictive personality or would you say you were just worried about your mum's health? well, quite possibly, emily, i think there are numerous ways of narrativising a condition,
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but what i sense is that for me personally i've always had a yearning and a longing and i see it in a lot of people and i think that we live in a culture that over stimulates this tendency to long because it's a necessary ingredient for people to consume. so i think that, in a way, that addiction is consumerism writ large. it's also a kind of awareness of dissatisfaction. most of the people that i've known that have been what you would call, i suppose, obvious drug addicts are looking for something. they're looking for connection. they're looking actually for something that's perhaps more spiritual than material. what about sex? would you have called yourself a sex addict? well, possibly not at the time, but i think in retrospect it was pretty clear that i was using sex to medicate and to feel connected and to deal with that yearning and longing, so yeah.
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in fact, i started to think that the object of the addiction becomes less and less relevant, like consuming, just buying stuff on the internet or staring dumbly at social media when you didn't intend to, or staying up too late, imbibing some mindless crap, you know, online. this is true for me and it's connected to that longing. it's more obvious when its heroin. it's going to end with medical and criminal problems. but i still think you're dealing with the same germ. because i've experienced — forgive me — sort of a promiscuous lifestyle, because i've experienced indulgence in all kinds of other ways that i thought might resolve the way i feel, i now know that they won't. when you look back at that promiscuous lifestyle, does that appal you? do you think, "god, i was disgusting." do you look at your daughter now i think, "i hope she never meets "russell brand when she grows up." emily, don't get so worked up about it.
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it's only a rhetorical device. does it appal me? no, my dear. i don't look back at the past and get all worked up about it like ebenezer scrooge. i simply think, "those are some things i've done. i've amended for them." and as for the likelihood of some sort of faustian kick up the arse from future russell, if my daughter meets somebody who's caring and sensitive and knows how to communicate, then i think that will be a good thing and i hope that by the time she is dating men or women or whatever it is she's into, that she will be schooled in how to think, how to understand emotions, and to understand that whatever it is that presents himself, herself, itself at that doorstep, it won't make her feel any better if she's not connected to who she really is. jacob rees mogg famously said that he'd had six babies and hadn't changed a single nappy. you're a nappy changer, are you? of course i do. yeah. what else are you going to do? it bloody smells unbearable, and she's annoying if you don't change her nappy. what i want with her is to feel like i have an essential connection to this little, mad, lairy person, who screams and shouts at me, whose first word is ‘ow‘ because it's all she ever hears me say to her because she's
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ever grabbing my chest hair or my lips and pulling and tugging them. ow! ow, ow. she thinks it's a word, like a little vicious alien. you came on newsnight five or some years ago, and you proudly declared that you hadn't voted, you didn't see there was any point, you encouraged apathy amongst people. why would you do that? it was a reaction to politics at that time, which i think subsequently it's borne out that a lot of people felt similarly, that they were not been offered viable alternatives. subsequent to me saying partisan politics is meaningless, we've seen a huge lurch to the right, we've seen brexit, we've seen the rise ofjeremy corbyn. i don't think that i was some kind of soothsayer, nostradamus on a peninsula peering out into the bleak unknown. i was simply taking the temperature and speaking on behalf of a lot of people. do you think it was irresponsible to encourage people not to vote, or do you think...? no. as a matter of fact, in my more optimistic moments, i hope that it may in some small way have contributed to what we've subsequently seen — the labour party electing a leader that is engaged and engaging,
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that is authentic and is truthful, and is listening to people and that seems to be a human being that connects, not some bizarre automaton technocrat lunatic with a rictus grin staring at you out of the pages of a quentin blake book, like a real human. so i think it's a great thing. are you in favour of brexit? i know you didn't vote in that referendum, but do you have a sense of what it feels like now? to be honest, i source my emotional connection to politics beyond those kind of parameters. what i'm interested in is people having real power. but come on. people will be dying to know if you're broadly in support of where this country's going next or if you think it's a bad thing? i can well understand why people would vote. i think what happened is in the case of trump and brexit, the people saw a bright red button that said, "f off, establishment," and i think they pressed it, and i understand why they would. like most people, i don't really understand what brexit really means. russell brand.
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we'll take you through the front pages of the papers before we go. philip hammond's department has failed to use the opportunities of brexit and the chancellor has been accused of being on manoeuvres. nick timothy on philip hammond. made tells leaders that the un is failing the world. the metro has passengers being charged for actors as they rebook ryanairflights. that is a picture of the terrible earthquake that has shaken mexico city and the shame of care homes that just don't care is the front page of the daily mail. more serious failure is shown every day. that's it for tonight. we leave you with a general knowledge question. who is the indisputable best female action hero of all time? the answer, of course, is linda hamilton, terminator‘s original sarah connor. and it was announced
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today that, 25 years on, she'll be reuniting with former director, and husband, james cameron for the franchise's next movie. apparently arnold someone or other got a part too. goodnight. hey. there we go. time for the latest update. we have followed the rain today. northern ireland had a washout afternoon. look at the rainfall. heavy rain
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pushing up through the irish sea. if you are close to that, heavy rain as the night goes on. patchy rain is going east. not amounting to much. plenty of cloud. that means a mild night. temperatures across the board in double figures tomorrow. this weather system in the west is in no hurry to complete its journey across the uk. slowly moving east on thursday. the east of england will not get it until the end of the day. that could be on the heavy side in cornwall and west wales and into cumbria and south—west scotland to begin on thursday morning. a lot of england ahead of the weather system will be dry to be turning dry in the north. eastern scotland will start the day dry. we will take that rain slow the east as the day goes on.
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the intensity will ease a bit. ahead of that, sunshine, before clouding over later in eastern areas. someplace is staying dry until after dark. 21 — 22. behind that, more fresh. you could get the odd heavy shower late in the afternoon. northern ireland, scattered showers. some rain going into east anglia tomorrow evening. a chilly night in the friday morning. mist and fog patches. low single figures. more rain in northern ireland. clearing away as it pushes into scotland and northern england and wales in the south—west of the day goes on. central and eastern england, staying dry. not as warm as on thursday. the latest on hurricane maria. it is
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moving away from puerto rico. catastrophic flooding in parts of puerto rico. it has weakened to a category 2 hurricane. it will become a major one is a goes near the dominican republic on thursday. as we get closer to friday, it will get close to the cacos islands. we will keep you updated. as always, you can get the weather on line. this is the news day on the bbc. our top stories. the search for
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survivors intensifies in mexico city after an earthquake kills over 200 people. rescuers are focusing on the ruins of this primary school where children and adults are missing. translation: i am desperate. children and adults are missing. translation: iam desperate. i wa nted translation: iam desperate. i wanted to get the children out. i wa nt to wanted to get the children out. i want to see something. the united nations human rights chief say sanctions should be considered against me and mum over its treatment of muslim. harry kane maria —— hurricane maria
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